4th (NSW) Battalion matchbox cover, c. 1917

Historical note: 

A carton of these souvenir matchbox covers was found in a bricked-up room in Birmingham, England. The room was once the working residence of a local silversmith.

The battle honours embossed on the cover end in 1917. We can only assume that the soldier who ordered the covers for his unit never returned to collect them. 

Materials: 
Silver
Conflict: 
Great War
1914-18
Location: 
Birmingham
England
Production Date: 
c. 1917

On this day

On this day
22 October

1916 — HMAS UNA (ex German sloop KOMET) arrived at Malekula Island, New Hebrides, to mount a punitive action against rebellious natives. 40% of UNA’s crew were struck down with malaria

1942 — Battle of GOODENOUGH ISLAND, New Guinea.  This island was occupied by the Sasebo 5th SNLF (Japanese) and securing it was part of the build-up for a major offensive at BUNA

1950 — Battle of YONGJU / The Apple Orchard. This was the first action that Australian troops saw in Korea when they were called to support American troops. Capt Denness won a Military Cross, Lt Butler won a Silver Star and 7 Australians were wounded in the action